CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first competition of the spring season, the Harvard coed sailing team went 5-8 to take fourth at the Sharpe Trophy Regatta at home this weekend. The Crimson posted a 4-3 record to advance past the opening round, before going 1-5 in the final-four round robin stages.
"Bern and I were pleased that the team got better in each race," head coach Michael O'Connor said. "We lost some close race to very strong teams. We are young, but enthusiastic about our future. Today was a good building block for us."
O'Connor called on six sailors this weekend. Junior Isabel Ruane, sophomores Brian Drumm, Michael Drumm and Gram Slattery, as well as freshmen Jacob Bradt and Sydney Karnovsky represented the Crimson.
On the first day of the regatta, Harvard defeated Boston College, Roger Williams, Tufts and Vermont. The Crimson took first and second in each of its wins and claimed the top spot in a loss to MIT. At 4-3, the Crimson advanced to day two in fourth place behind Brown, MIT and Yale, who were tied for first with records of 6-1.
Harvard fell in its first three races of the final-four on Sunday, before picking up a win over MIT. A 1-5 showing on the final afternoon of the regatta kept the Crimson in fourth place. Brown claimed five races to emerge as the Sharpe Trophy winner with an 11-2 record. Yale (10-3), MIT (8-5) and Harvard (5-8) completed the final-four standings.
Harvard returns to the water March 16-17. The women will compete in the 24th Women's Interconference at St. Mary's and the coed team will vie for the 66th Truxtun Umstead Trophy at Navy.